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HSI agents during an investigation in Nogales in 2018.

The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee is calling for an investigation into what he called "an indiscriminate and bulk surveillance program" that collected data on millions of money transfers managed by federal officials in Phoenix. Read more»

The Bighorn Fire burning along the Catalina Mountains near Golder Ranch and Oracle Roads. A plane surveilling the fire makes a figure eight over the eastern edge of the fire on the ridges.

Climate change is a big part of why wildfires are getting worse, but active fire suppression contributes to what is often referred to as the wildland fire paradox – the more we prevent fires in the short term, the worse wildfires become when they return. Read more»

Smoky conditions, similar to the haze covering San Francisco, are expected to continue in the Midwest and on the East Coast sporadically for as long as the West Coast fires continued to burn.

Smoke from fires along the West Coast has created hazy conditions throughout the country this week, which experts say could become a regular occurrence as climate change fuels larger wildfires. Read more»

A greenhouse housing hundreds of thousands of western white pine (Pinus monticola) seedlings.

Restoring forests in areas where they once stood is an important step toward halting climate change. It helps to ensure a host of other environmental services, too, like provision of clean air and water. But without significantly increased investment in tree nursery infrastructure, the U.S. will be unable to unlock its full reforestation potential, researchers are warning. Read more»

California Gov. Gavin Newsom stands near charred trees in Oroville on Friday to address wildfires ravaging his state, which he blames on man-made climate change.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom told reporters Friday that wildfires ravaging the West this summer are a direct result of climate change. Read more»

Blood donation centers across the U.S. are ramping up efforts to collect plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 in hopes it could be used to save the lives of others infected with the pandemic disease. Read more»

Everyone age 60 and older is at high risk of complications from COVID-19 and should adopt measures to limit contact with others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends. Read more»

It’s never been clearer that the country needs to be able to vote by mail. Utah shows the way. Read more»

The hearing on challenges for Native American voters came the same day that a federal appeals court said it would reinstate Arizona’s ban on “ballot harvesting” for now.

Voting barriers for Native Americans have always existed, but polling cutbacks, discriminatory voter ID laws and lack of funding for elections are making things worse, advocates told a House panel Tuesday. Read more»

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, is playing a key role in presidential impeachment. He's facing accusations of sexual misconduct.

Three women say they faced sexual misconduct by Gordon Sondland before he was the U.S. ambassador to the European Union and at the center of the Donald Trump impeachment inquiry. Read more»

Amy Adams, an immigration lawyer in Portland, Oregon, wants to fill her office wall with pictures drawn by the children of her clients and some of her unaccompanied minor clients.

In immigration court, a lawyer makes deportation much less likely. Read more»

Indoor cultivation requires nearly nonstop use of lights and various heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

States legalizing cannabis so far have done little to limit or even track the huge amounts of energy needed to grow it indoors. Read more»

Washington state sheep rancher Dave Dashiell next to a lamb he delivered minutes earlier. Western states like Washington are walking a line between preserving wolves as an endangered species and helping ranchers control them.

As gray wolves multiply and come off endangered species lists in Western states, a new problem has emerged: Packs of wolves are harassing ranchers, their sheep and cattle. And states are trying to walk the line between the ranchers, who view the animals as an economic and physical menace, and environmentalists, who see their reintroduction as a success story. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (l) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign is officially teaming up with rival John Kasich to deny frontrunner Donald Trump the Republican nomination. Read more»

Tim Cullen, founder of Colorado Harvest Company, has had trouble keeping a bank account for his marijuana business.

Federal law prohibits banks and credit unions from taking marijuana money. So everyone involved with the legal cannabis industry has a banking problem. Businesses can’t get loans, customers have to pay in cash, and state tax collectors are processing bags of bills. Read more»

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